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Learning how to learn

“Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.” — Alvin Toffler

Here are some resources for learning that I think might be interesting to consider. They are more META than specifically teaching math. In 2018 I was really interested in learning how to learn.

  1. A Mind for Numbers

Written by a lady who majored in Russian in university and then went back to school and got her PhD in Physics several years later. She considered herself a largely non-math person prior to going back and starting again with Physics.

The book isn't the greatest page turner but I love the meta concepts and principles it includes. Things like:

If you're not a big reader, she actually offers a free online course based on this book and its ideas. Just search Barbara Oakley a mind for numbers. You can probably find some great online summaries of the book, so maybe you don't even need to read it.

2. Two wildcard books / summaries you could check out are:

I have both books but haven't read them. But both are highly recommended.

3. For work, I do sales and I really think sales is a lot like teaching. For me, when I'm talking with potential customers, I need to communicate in a way that whatever I say, it "sticks" in their brain, even after I've pitched.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die --> this is a book I think a lot about while selling. How do I make ideas sticky. You don't need to read the book. This video does a good job summarizing.

There are some very useful concepts in it too. Probably most useful for when selling / teaching is that of "the curse of knowledge"

4. The Feynman Technique --> the best way to learn anything

Written: September 27, 2020 (originally in email for Lea)